Graduate Assistant Offense
|1999-00||Notre Dame |
Graduate Assistant Offense
|2001-02||Bowling Green |
Bachelor's in exercise and sport science
Master's in education
Birthdate: April 27, 1972
Hometown: Manchester, N.H.
Dan Mullen lived up to his reputation as a developer of young quarterbacks last fall when he mentored sophomore Alex Smith to second-team all-Mountain West Conference honors. Mullen directed Smith's transition from a pure drop-back passer into a fine spread option quarterback. Smith, who set a school record for yards per completion and ranked 12th in the nation in pass efficiency, was also Utah's second-leading rusher.
Mullen played an active role in the play calling decisions as well, by serving as offensive coordinator Mike Sanford's primary on-field advisor on game days. Off the field, his duties include monitoring the Ute football team's academic agenda.
Mullen came to Utah with head coach Urban Meyer after two seasons as his quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green. Mullen caught Meyer's eye when the two were at Notre Dame from 1999-2000-Meyer as the receivers coach and Mullen as an offensive graduate assistant.
In two years at BGSU, Mullen's quarterbacks powered one of the nation's most prolific offenses by throwing for 5,145 yards and 48 touchdowns and rushing for 1,482 yards and 33 touchdowns. Quarterback Josh Harris passed for 2,425 yards, rushed for 737 yards and was the nation's third leading scorer in 2002.
Smith put up similar numbers last year for Mullen, passing for 2,247 yards and running for 452 yards after taking over the starting job three games into the season. He narrowly missed out on MWC Offensive Player of the Year honors and finished second in the league in total offense, averaging 245.4 yards per game.
Mullen's first college coaching job was at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., where he coached the receivers from 1994-95. He was the receivers coach at Columbia from 1996-97. Mullen broke into the NCAA Division I-A coaching ranks in 1998 as a graduate assistant for Syracuse. Both there and in a graduate assistantship at Notre Dame, he worked with all facets of the offense.
At Syracuse, he assisted in the Orangemen's 1998 Big East championship and Orange Bowl appearance. Two years later, he went to the Fiesta Bowl with Notre Dame.
South Texas (Houston, San Antonio, Austin), Utah
Mullen was a two-year starting tight end for Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. He was a first-team all-Centennial Conference selection as a senior.
PLAYERS COACHED BY MULLEN
Josh Harris: BGSU quarterback finished third in the nation in scoring in 2002.
Alex Smith: Second-team all-MWC and three-time MWC player of the week.